Pacino’s

I’d often walked past Pacino’s on Suffolk Street and dismissed it as yet another restaurant specialising in that strange Irish interpretation of Italian cuisine. It was only upon reading a review by Paolo Tullio last year that I realised I might have been too quick to judge: they have enlisted Luca Mazza, who, a few ...

The Pig’s Ear

The Pig’s Ear has quietly built its reputation as one of the city’s top restaurants, picking up a Bib Gourmand along the way, but it had been several years since we’d eaten there. I remember being impressed by the food and less impressed by being served some of it on slates, a trend in Dublin ...

Pitt Bros

In Dublin we’re always a few steps behind London (who, in turn, are generally only aping New York) when it comes to food trends so right on cue, 2012’s most popular ones, American barbeque and upmarket fast food for those not paying attention, have been appearing over the past year. Of course, there’s something dreadfully ...

Salamanca

Salamanca is a Dublin stalwart and although I’ve been a few times, it’s at least three or four years since I last ate there. This time my sister wanted to organise a family dinner to celebrate her graduation so we made a reservation for the nine of us. The Suffolk Street location is very central, ...

Pichet

For some reason I still think of Pichet as a ‘new’ restaurant even though it’s been around for over four years now. We went quite a bit when they first opened but then came the infamous ban on children under the age of two after 6pm. Now, I would never think of bringing a small ...

Fade Street Social

As new openings go, Fade Street Social was one of the most hyped of the year and judging by how full it was when we arrived that hype hasn’t really died down very much. The atmosphere is buzzy, there’s pumping music playing – but not so loud you can’t have a conversation – and the ...

Bison Bar 8

I’m fairly sure Bison Bar is the first place in Ireland to provide anything resembling proper American BBQ and even my use of the the word ‘American’ glosses over the huge regional differences that exist between the various traditions, not only between states but within them too. I don’t claim to know very much about ...

Jamie’s Italian

I’d normally be very wary of dining in chain restaurants and although it seems like Jamie Oliver wants to do the right thing in his ventures I was still somewhat sceptical when we booked a table for my dad’s sixtieth birthday. There was a large group of us (sixteen in total) so we only had ...

M & L Chinese Restaurant

This is just a very short review of a quick lunch I had last week but which started on Twitter last month. That probably doesn’t make much sense so allow me to explain: I am quite thoroughly addicted to the combination of Sichuan peppercorns and chilli (known as málà in Chinese) and one of my ...

The Library

I was recently invited to a bloggers night at the new(ish) restaurant in Dandelion Bar on Stephen’s Green as they were revamping their menu and wanted to get some feedback. It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this and I know as a reader I’m always a bit wary when I read posts about ...